New Scania smartwatch apps focus on drivers’ health and safety

Apple Watch Scania Edition adds apps for tracking wearer’s health and fitness data to existing truck and fleet management functions.

New smartwatch apps that focus on the well-being of professional drivers have been launched by Scania.

The Apple Watch Scania Edition introduces apps for health and fitness tracking for the individual driver, providing features specifically designed for jobs where long periods of sitting are combined with short bursts of heavy physical labour, like loading/unloading a truck.

Tracking the health of both truck and driver

The new driver performance functions complement truck and fleet management features, such as fuel consumption monitoring. Those vehicle data functions were previously an integral part of Scania’s popular ‘Black Griffin’ smartwatch, the first watch created for truck drivers.

“We've always had drivers' needs as the main focal point for our product and service development, but the Scania Edition takes things a step further. We believe the new watch can be a friend to the driver, something that can help them as they go about their daily routine,” says Jonas Svanholm, Scania’s Director of Digital Business.

Helping the driver to be safe at work

Although vehicle-integrated apps are becoming increasingly common in the industry, the Scania Edition smartwatch stands out because its apps measure driver activity, and provide driver alerts, with advice on required recovery time, and:

  • The watch’s ability to track the driver’s performance allows it to send a message to the wearer when they are becoming tired and may need to stand up or move around – giving the wearer the chance of a recovery time before they start driving again.
  • A fall detection app means the watch can sense sudden extreme impacts, such as if an accident happens during the loading and unloading of cargo, a job that a truck driver often has to do alone and late at night. When a possible fall has been detected, the smartwatch can assist in contacting the wearer’s designated emergency contact.

A V8 watch bracelet

Scania has also created a unique optional accessory to mark the launch of the Apple Watch Scania Edition. A vintage engine block from the renowned LB 140 V8 engine has been melted down, re-forged and turned into a cast iron watch strap, called the Scania 140 V8 watch bracelet.

“We wanted to create something to celebrate the V8. Back in 1969 this engine helped coin the phrase "King of the Road", and the V8 is at the heart of Scania. With this bracelet, we can let you wear a piece of motoring history on your wrist and connect part of our heritage to our future," explains Magnus Andersson, Scania’s Product Manager for Digital Business.

The Apple Watch Scania Edition and the Scania 140 V8 watch bracelet are available now to buy from selected Scania retailers, and through the Scania web shop. The applications for the watch can be downloaded from App Store.

For more information:

Watch film: https://youtu.be/qLOEpUbHaDI

Watch website:

https://www.scania.com/apple-watch-scania-edition

Watch features film:

https://youtu.be/qLOEpUbHaDI

Bracelet website:

https://www.scania.com/global/en/home/experience-scania/features/experience-scania/features/v8-bracelet.html

Bracelet film:

Product video: https://youtu.be/88RrIriwCLw
Making of video: https://youtu.be/vMVFamH9zs0

For additional information, contact:

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company’s operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Scania also offers financial services. Employing some 42,000 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2014, net sales totalled SEK 92.1 billion and net income amounted to SEK 6 billion. Scania’s press releases are available on www.scania.com   

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Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Together with our partners and customers we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In 2017, we delivered 82,500 trucks, 8,300 buses as well as 8,500 industrial and marine engines to our customers. Net sales totalled nearly SEK 120 billion, of which about 20 percent were services-related. Founded in 1891, Scania now operates in more than 100 countries and employs some 49,300 people. Research and development are concentrated in Sweden, with branches in Brazil and India. Production takes place in Europe, Latin America and Asia, with regional production centres in Africa, Asia and Eurasia. Scania is part of TRATON AG. For more information visit: www.scania.com.